Tricholomas of North America: A Mushroom Field Guide

Paperback | January 15, 2013

byAlan E. Bessette, Arleen R. Bessette, William C. Roody

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More than 100 mushrooms in the genus Tricholoma have been reported in North America. Most are relatively large, showy mushrooms that grow on the ground near many species of temperate forest trees, both hardwoods and conifers. They typically fruit from late summer through early winter or even into spring in warmer areas. Some are fine edibles, including the matsutake. Others are inedible or even poisonous.

Filling the gap between technical publications and the limited representation of Tricholomas in general mushroom field guides, this book is the first comprehensive guide to North American Tricholomas. It contains more than 170 of the best documentary photographs available, often with more than one image of a species to illustrate the dramatic variation exhibited by many Tricholomas. The species descriptions provide extensive identification information including scientific and common names, macroscopic and microscopic features, occurrence/habit, edibility, and a comment section that addresses such things as synonomy, comparisons with similar species, varietial differences, explanations of species' epithets, and other useful or interesting information. In addition, the authors provide a general introduction to Tricholomas that discusses identification features, ecology, simple chemical tests (for identification), and how to use the keys provided in this book.

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More than 100 mushrooms in the genus Tricholoma have been reported in North America. Most are relatively large, showy mushrooms that grow on the ground near many species of temperate forest trees, both hardwoods and conifers. They typically fruit from late summer through early winter or even into spring in warmer areas. Some are fine e...

Alan E. Bessette is a mycologist and distinguished emeritus Professor of Biology from Utica College of Syracuse University. He has published numerous professional papers in the field of mycology and has authored more than twenty books.Arleen R. Bessette is a psychologist and mycologist who has been collecting and studying wild mushroom...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 10.01 × 7.07 × 0.7 inPublished:January 15, 2013Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292742339

ISBN - 13:9780292742338

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction to Tricholoma (Fries) Staude The Genus Tricholoma Ecology of Tricholomas Edibility of Tricholomas Macroscopic Features Used for Identifying Tricholomas Microscopic Features Used for Identifying Tricholomas Notes on the Descriptions of Species A Note about Names Species not Included in This BookKeys to the Described Species Keys for Eastern North America Keys for Western North AmericaDescriptions of Species Recognized Species Some Additional TricholomasExcluded SpeciesGlossaryReferencesIndex to Common NamesIndex to Scientific NamesPhoto Credits

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The American field mycological renaissance continues space, spearheaded in large part by the authors of this book….A very good glossary and a gratifyingly comprehensive set of references are provided. For anyone with an interest in this genus this book represents essential reading and will serve American mycologists well for years to come. - Geoffrey Kibby